Why Xi Jinping backtracked on his zero-Covid policy in China

BEIJING—At the end of an otherwise triumphant Communist Party Congress for Xi Jinping in October, it was becoming increasingly difficult for the Chinese leader to make the case that his zero-Covid policy was working.

Reports were pouring in at central government headquarters of a rise in infections across the country, with an increase occurring despite strict lockdowns that had kept Covid-19 at bay for most of the previous three years, officials and officials said. government advisers close to Beijing’s decision-making.


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